Norwich Inns raises more than £12,000 for Nelson’s Journey

Krissy Barnard, of Bawburgh Golf, with Nelson the Cat, and Craig McLaren, chief executive of Norwich

Krissy Barnard, of Bawburgh Golf, with Nelson the Cat, and Craig McLaren, chief executive of Norwich Inns. Bawburgh Golf Club raised the most amount of money at their annual Golf Day, which raised over £3,000; Photo credit: SUBMITTED. - Credit: Archant

A local charity helping bereaved children has received an injection of more than £12,000 following a year of fundraising by Norwich Inns.

Nelson's Journey recently received the donation of £12,270 following the fundraising effort.

Norwich Inns is made-up of more than fifty independently owned public houses, restaurants, hotels, theme parks and leisure facilities throughout the county.

Craig McLaren, chief executive, said: 'Considering the financial climate in 2013 I am absolutely delighted with the amount of money raised. Norwich Inns members and their staff have not only donated money, but also their time and venues. A special thank you must go to all our customers who have once again given generously to a most deserving charity.'

Every year, members select a charity that the outlets collectively fundraise for through various events. This year there were golf days, cycling challenges, quizzes, raffles and individual challenges, which united local communities and members over a common cause.

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The funds will enable Nelson's Journey to continue to support in excess of 500 children and young people that are referred to them every year. Carol Plunkett, marketing and funding officer, said: 'We would like to thank Craig, all the Norwich Inns members and their customers for their support. This is a fantastic amount of money raised, which will benefit bereaved children here in Norfolk.'

During 2013, Nelson's Journey received 506 referrals and has received over 200 this year.

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